Commonwealth Stadium Celebration Leaves Two Fans Hurt

The excitement after UK's win over Louisville this weekend quickly turned dangerous for some fans at Commonwealth Stadium.

Thousands of people rushed the field in celebration after the game,
but we've since learned that two fans injured in the process.

One of them is ninth grade student Connor Leach. He's the son of Tom Leach, the "Voice of the Wildcats."

Connor says he was hurled over the stadium railing as fans rushed the field, causing him to land head first.

His arm was broken in two places. He'll have to wear a cast for the next 6 weeks to 2 months.

UK Police also report another fan suffered injuries.

The university will have to pay the Southeastern Conference a $25,000 fine, because fans rushed the field.

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  • by Get a life TWO Location: Uk fan country on Sep 30, 2007 at 03:53 PM
    To J - I agree with "a person with a life." People really need to realize it is a game, not a way of life. Yes, it is exciting, but celebrate like an adult, not a college kid. Your age is very telling of your maturity level. One day, you may see the bigger picture.
  • by J Location: LEX on Sep 20, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    To: Person who has a life but spends it all day on comment pages! Yeah sorry, I guess I got a little caught up in the moment. It is just a game but its fun when the fans rush the field. That is just football heritage and we had a big win. If you don’t want to be a part of it just don’t go and for Gods sake if you cant rush the field without getting hurt then don’t! Yeah and I am 25, Engineer, UK Alumni
  • by A person with a life Location: KY on Sep 19, 2007 at 03:23 PM
    J - Are you serious? It is KENTUCKY football! Are we talking about the same team???? And by the way, are you like 16 or something? Do you have a job?
  • by J Location: LEX on Sep 19, 2007 at 10:55 AM
    This is to:Posted by: A person with a life Location: KY YEAH! That one weekend event is more important that your enitre life. Your talking negative about something that is much bigger than you are and ever will be. Save your broke comments because nobody cares. GO BIG BLUE!
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 19, 2007 at 06:02 AM
    I love football and particularly UK football, so I attend the games and take my risks on drunk tailgaters and overzealous fans. If you don't want to do that, don't go. That's simple. (No, I didn't rush the field, but if you were there you'd understand more why they did)
  • by Joe Location: Lexington on Sep 19, 2007 at 04:14 AM
    First off Wilhelm; it's "forfeit" not "forfit." Secondly, what the heck do you want the University to do? Shy of building a chain link fence that you couldn't see through or shooting/tasering all who rush the field, there isn't much they can do. Just be thankful a European soccer match didn't break out; there would probably be dead people, broken stadium seating and large fires. I agree it is a game and people should act like adults but if we believe that will always happen, we are living in a fantasy world. Emotions run high, people don't think and just get caught up in the moment. In all, if only two injuries were the result, I don't think it went that bad.
  • by A person with a life Location: KY on Sep 18, 2007 at 03:42 PM
    This is to J - football, especially UK football, is NOT a way of life. It is just a game. Get a LIFE! It is people like you who make me sick at my stomach to hold a sport in higher regard than safety and common sense. I agree with Wilhelm-the university has a responsibility to make the fans act more sensibly. And speaking of which - tailgaters who are intoxicated before entering the game should be thrown in jail! Since when is public intoxication legal??
  • by Wilhelm Location: Lexington on Sep 18, 2007 at 10:48 AM
    I would like to see the home team have to forfit the game as well as all of the ticket income from that game. THAT would get the university to take it seriously!
  • by J Location: LEX on Sep 18, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    I'm Glad we won! I'm sure UK made enough money in that game to cover a small $25,000 fine. I think it went well, in big cities and other countries people get killed during sporting events. ITS NOT JUST A GAME, ITS A WAY OF LIFE. GO BIG BLUE!!!
  • by Karen Location: Nicholasville on Sep 18, 2007 at 07:08 AM
    Does anybody know who the other person was that got hurt? I know somebody that said that he was just doing something stupid and broke his arm, and I am kinda curious if that is what he was doing.
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